Tre figure (eng. Three figures). Original etching, unknown year. Edition of 60 signed and numbered impression on Arches paper.
Marino Marini was an Italian modern artist, known for his figurative sculptures, although he has never abandoned painting. Marini always admired the antique statuary, especially Etruscan and Roman, so he interpreted classical themes in a modern way and with modern techniques. Most common classical themes we can see in his works are horse and rider, Pomona – the female nudes inspired by Pomona, the Etruscan goddess of fertility, circus and theater as well as portraits. Bold, straining figures reflect also the influence of German Gothic sculpture. Fascinated with antique motives and themes, in this picture Marini depicted the Tree Graces, minor goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity, and fertility, which we can see in many classical art – first of all in antique and renaissance art pieces. Simplified by a few lines and shadows he tried to accentuate the ease of their movements.